Former President Sentenced To Another 8 Years In Prison
It appears former South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, will spend more time in jail.
A South Korean court sentenced her to eight more years in prison on Friday after finding her guilty on charges of causing loss of government funds and interfering in a 2016 parliamentary election.
Park had already been sentenced to 24 years in jail after she was found guilty by a lower court in April of separate charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion.
All sentences must be served consecutively, a court spokesperson said.
Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that exposed a web of corruption between political leaders and the country’s powerful conglomerates, or chaebol.
Park, 66, has denied wrongdoing and was not present in court. It was immediately unclear whether Park would appeal.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park colluded with her former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth about 30 billion won ($26.5 million) from the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
The court ordered a fine of 33 billion won.
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